Friday, Dec 01, 2006

Here's the answer, buy a shed!

The Guardian: Ikea launches flatpack houses in Britain

Ikea are to enter the housing market in the UK, selling flats for under 100K and 3 bedroom houses for under 150K even in the south east. First developments are to be in Gateshead and Glasgow early next year. Still having trouble getting land then I take it! Doesn't mention how it's going to stop BTL landlords buying them all though it does mention buyers may have to be chosen by a lottery so which would mean they'd probably only get one each like the rest of us!

Posted by autopilotengage @ 10:08 AM (452 views)
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1. Urine Trouble said...

will there be some of those rancid meatballs in the kitchen and a wobbly cd rack in the lounge, they look too foreign to me.

Friday, December 1, 2006 10:17AM Report Comment

2. mikexx said...

The greatest value of a house is the land it sits on, particularly in the south east. You only have to look at re-building costs to see this. Generally flat pack or pre-fab houses are more expensive than traditionally built houses, the major difference is the speed of erection.

On Fish4homes I have a choice of houses in Gateshead for less than 50,000 so it's a strange place to start!

I'm not convinced this is going anywhere!

Friday, December 1, 2006 10:47AM Report Comment

3. tyrellcorporation said...

Yes but Mike, these will be marketed using images of fluffy white cats on leather sofas and half-dressed women laughing drinking white wine and eating olives. A lot more seductive to the average call-centre Joe than Ganny's red brick two-up-two-down next to the dog racing track!

Friday, December 1, 2006 11:30AM Report Comment

4. magnifico said...

I hope the assembly instructions for these houses are easier to follow that the ones for their wardrobes!

Friday, December 1, 2006 01:29PM Report Comment

5. denzil said...

So the average man trying to raise an average sized family in the UK on a average salary who borrowed 6 times(Gvnor BoE) his income could not afford a flat-pack family home from IKEA.

Great! Thank you Labour for your time in government. What a great place the UK is live these days.

Friday, December 1, 2006 05:00PM Report Comment

6. Enuii said...

Well said Denzil, not too many years ago (only 20) you could buy a nice 3 Bed Semi for 32K which was more or less 3x a slightly below average salary for 1 Person. This also had the added bonus that you could actually get round to having kids before your reproductive expiry date.

I too congratulate New Labour on their great social experiment and sound lack of any form of management of the economy, remember this is what happens when the only business in town is the property one.

Friday, December 1, 2006 08:13PM Report Comment

7. Leedel20 said...

You think its bad now, think what it will be like in the next two years.

Friday, December 1, 2006 08:35PM Report Comment

8. sirgoogle said...

This is just like the prefabs after the War. A great idea to house the homeless masses after the blitz and get the country back to work.

hang on .... why are we having to do this now?? What war have we had on mainland Britian recently?? We can't blame the Germans for this one- this is completely self inflicted. - And why is it a Swedish firm who came up with this excellent idea?? Where is our manufacturing industry on this one ?? Oh we don't make anything any more, we just buy stuff from abroard - and somehow that props up the economy????

Saturday, December 2, 2006 01:59PM Report Comment

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